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Idaho’s wolf packs aren’t moving


Might as well try to take down the packs. Do you remember when Idaho lawmakers and Governor Brad Little decided to reduce the number of wolves in the state by 90%? The best plans of mice and men sometimes go astray. There is no change in the population. The few wolves killed are replaced by new cubs. Wolves seem to like to procreate. The director of Idaho Fish and Game has briefed a legislative committee and estimates there are 1,250 wolves in the state.

A much higher number than originally expected when the animals were reintroduced into the habitat. I have seen wolves in zoos. The only time I saw one in Idaho was in Blaine County. I passed Sun Valley Lodge and climbed the mountain. After making a brief stop to photograph the landscape, I got back on the road and a wolf crossed the road at a trot. It’s not far from where an RV was parked. The animal seemed rather shy.

I have friends who insist that wolves should stay and refuse to believe stories of depredation. On the other hand, I trust some people who have told me stories of wolves attacking livestock. That’s what wolves do and always have done.

Can we make everyone happy? Probably not. I believe that nature lovers have to compromise and accept a smaller number of packs.

One of the challenges of reducing wolf numbers is that there are so few people interested in killing them. Some incentives may be needed to encourage participation.

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